To question that which seems to have ceased forever to astonish us.
They frighten a few people (mostly each other), are rude to bystanders and astonish a cleaning lady.
It may astonish readers to know, then, that it was Jews that invented our idea of heaven.
c.1300, astonien, from Old French estoner "to stun, daze, deafen, astound," from Vulgar Latin *extonare, from Latin ex- "out" + tonare "to thunder" (see thunder); so, literally "to leave someone thunderstruck." The modern form (influenced by English verbs in -ish, e.g. distinguish, diminish) is attested from c.1530.
No wonder is thogh that she were astoned [Chaucer, "Clerk's Tale"]Related: Astonished; astonishing; astonishingly.